Duke Energy Foundation awards $150,000 to support STEM, environmental education initiatives in Greater Cincinnati | duke of power

  • 12 organizations in Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky received $150,000 in grants.

  • The funding supports programs with a focus on closing the achievement gap while advancing energy, engineering, environmental education.

  • Gives a portion of Duke Energy’s multi-million dollar annual philanthropic investments in local initiatives.

CINCINNATI – Duke Energy continues its investment in Greater Cincinnati’s students, educators and communities by awarding $150,000 in grants to 12 educational programs.

Grants support science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and environmental education programs to equip students with the skills needed for successful careers in the energy sector. The programs aim to reduce the learning gap as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and close the achievement gap that often separates low-income students from their peers.

“In addition to funding important initiatives that allow students to explore a variety of STEM fields, we are also supporting exciting programs that provide the resources and tools underserved children need to become the leaders of tomorrow,” said Amy Spiller, president of DukeEnergy Ohio. and Kentucky. “We are focused on building powerful communities where nature and wildlife thrive, students can excel, and a talented workforce drives economic prosperity for all. ”

Educational grants are administered through the Duke Energy Foundation, which provided $2 million in support of Greater Cincinnati initiatives in 2021.

“COVID has presented many challenges for students and teachers as we recover from periods of missed classroom instruction,” said Madhura Kulkarni, director of the Center for Integrative Natural Sciences and Mathematics at Northern Kentucky University. “Thanks to this generous grant from the Duke Energy Foundation, we are able to help more teachers tailor their STEM instruction to meet the needs of all students, especially those who have missed out on opportunities to engage in hands-on, inquiry-based STEM learning. the last two years.”

The following 12 programs received funding from the Duke Energy Foundation:

  • adventure crew
    $10,000 for the new Crew Pathway program, which provides environmental, educational and leadership training for the city’s teens to deepen their understanding and passion for the outdoors.
  • b the guardian
    $15,000 to help high school students develop an appreciation for native pollinators through hands-on habitat restoration projects through the Powerful Pollinators program.
  • Boone County Schools
    $10,000 for Student Energy Teams and STEM clubs to inspire interest among today’s youth in science, technology, engineering, and math and help prepare today’s youth for tomorrow’s workforce.
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    $5,000 to improve school learning, particularly in STEM subjects, by creating and supporting outdoor learning spaces in urban public schools in the Price Hill neighborhood.
  • iSPACE Inc.
    $10,000 to provide hands-on STEM learning opportunities outside of school for students in low-income areas.
  • university of miami
    $15,000 to provide Cincinnati Public Schools students with a week of STEM learning through hands-on robot building and computer programming at eight Cincinnati Recreation Commission centers during STEM Summer Camp.
  • Northern Kentucky Board of Education Inc.
    $15,000 to bridge the learning gap from the COVID-19 pandemic and help young learners with the support they need to succeed in reading and math through the One to One program.
  • Northern Kentucky University Foundation
    $20,000 for teachers to participate in high-quality classroom-embedded professional development in STEM subjects with a focus on helping teachers tailor their STEM instruction to meet the needs of all students regardless of their prior knowledge level due to the instruction lost as a result of the pandemic
  • The Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library
    $10,000 for the Discover Summer program to help prevent summer learning loss for children and teens in high-poverty settings, who also often struggle with basic needs like access to healthy food and safe spaces when outside of an environment formal school during the summer.
  • University of Cincinnati Foundation
    $15,000 to support the Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative’s bike and 3D printer STEM clubs, which engage students to develop their engineering and design skills, confidence, and interest in exploring STEM careers.
  • UpSpring
    $10,000 to support Summer 360° Day Camps, which provide a structure for continued learning and academic skill set retention during the critical summer months for homeless children in the Greater Cincinnati area.
  • YMCA
    $15,000 to support Summer Camp 2022 thingamajig Invention Convention, inspiring young people to explore the fields of science, engineering and design while harnessing their creative potential and inventive spirit.

Later this year, Duke Energy will announce the Greater Cincinnati area recipients of its Labor, Urban Revitalization and Nature grants.

Duke Energy Foundation

The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to meet the needs of the communities where Duke Energy customers live and work. The Foundation contributes more than $30 million annually in charitable donations and is funded by Duke Energy shareholder dollars. You can find more information about the Foundation and its Powerful Communities program at duke-energy.com/foundation.

Duke Energy Ohio/Kentucky

Duke Energy Ohio/Kentucky, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, provides electric service to approximately 860,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in a 3,000 square mile service area and natural gas service to approximately 538,000 customers in 2,650 service miles square. area.

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